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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Community Festivals Light Up the Season

- December 3rd, 2012


Community Festivals Light Up the Season
'Tis the season for partying in your hometown, with open houses and shopping specials
across the region.
   Christmas in the Village (pictured) unwraps the pleasures of Building 50 and the Grand Traverse Commons on the west side of Traverse City. Other major events include:
  • Ladies Night in downtown TC on Thursday with refreshments, entertainment and 
    shopping specials.
  • Harbor Springs Open House on Saturday, including sleigh rides.
  • Downtown Petoskey's Holiday Open House with caroling, entertainment and a tree  
    lighting.

Following are some additional must-do's this week.  For the full list, check the Hot Dates calendar at www.northernexpress.com
Tuesday 12/4
-- A Celtic Christmas: All-female band, Cherish The Ladies, perform Irish-American holiday songs at Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, 7:30pm. Tickets, $28 for adults; $9 for students.
-- Christmas Traditions: Mary Stewart Adams of the International Dark Sky Park discusses
the celestial phenomena at the root of worldwide Christmas traditions at the Crooked Tree
Arts Center, Petoskey, 10am. Free. 

Thursday 12/6
-- East Jordan Holiday Community Night: Soup cook-off, 5:30pm; light parade, 6pm; Christmas caroling, 6:15pm; Santa visit, 6:30pm; s'mores, crafts, tree sale and more.
-- "The Good Doctor": Neil Simon's comedy at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 7:30pm;
Sunday, 3pm. 947-2210 for tickets.

Friday 12/7
-- Annual Mt. Holiday Comedy Fundraiser: Open mic and amateur comedy competition at Mt. Holiday, TC, 6-10pm.  
-- "White Christmas": Irving Berlin's 1954 holiday musical performed at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm.
"The Good Doctor": (See Thurs.)

Saturday 12/8
-- Jingle Bell Jam Concert: fundraiser for Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens program in Manistee County. Happening at the Manistee Eagles, 7pm, with live music by Redline, Triple Shot,
Wild Card, Junk Monkey and Rock Supply. Food, snacks and cash bar provided for ages
21 & older.
-- Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Time Christmas: Happening throughout Manistee.
Jingle Mingle party starts at 4:30pm, at the Ramsdell Inn; parade starts at 5:30pm.
-- Bikes for Tikes Program: Country music concert featuring Brian Glenn Nolf with the Lonesome Fugitive Band, Ruby Johns and Nashville recording artist Shelagh Brown at Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom, Peshawbestown, 7:30pm. Cost, $10 with 100% of proceeds to benefit the Bikes for Tikes program. Hosted by Sunny Country 101.9.
-- Holiday Concert: Presented by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale, Chamber Singers and Children's Choir at Lars Hockstad Auditorium,
TC, 7:30pm; Sunday, at 3pm.

 
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